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Aerosmith

'We weren't too ambitious when we started out. We just wanted to be the biggest thing that ever walked the planet.' - Steven Tyle. And so began the 33 year (and counting!) career of Boston rock band Aerosmith. With a penis joke. Three years and three albums after their debut self-titled album bombed the band were one of America's biggest rock bands, both in the studio and on tour. The release of Toys In The Attic in 1975 catapulted the band to arena headliner status. They followed their breakthrough album with their most commercially successful effort yet, Rocks, rel ...read more

'We weren't too ambitious when we started out. We just wanted to be the biggest thing that ever walked the planet.' - Steven Tyle. And so began the 33 year (and counting!) career of Boston rock band Aerosmith. With a penis joke. Three years and three albums after their debut self-titled album bombed the band were one of America's biggest rock bands, both in the studio and on tour. The release of Toys In The Attic in 1975 catapulted the band to arena headliner status. They followed their breakthrough album with their most commercially successful effort yet, Rocks, released the following year to rave reviews. The music was sleazy and raw. They were musicians but there was nothing pompous or conceited about them, they were people's musicians. Years of hard work, hard touring and determination had paid off and Aerosmith had delivered the musical money-shot and it was on everybody's face. More importantly, they loved it. Formed in Boston in 1970 when Bostonians Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton joined with New Yorkers Steven Tallarico (later Tyler) and Joey Kramer in an ice-cream parlour in New Hampshire and moved together to Boston under the name 'Aerosmith', a term Kramer claims to have invented in high school. All 4 musicians shared influences, pure British blues-rock - The Yardbirds, Fleetwood Mac and, though the influence is overstated, The Rolling Stones. As the band matured, adding guitarist Brad Whitford to their ranks in '71, they began to take in wider influences, including the exploding funk scene typified by Sly & The Family Stone. Having toured intensively for another year, the band secured a record deal with CBS Records and began work on their debut album, Aerosmith in October of 1972. The album, released the next year, was a commercial failure and would've resulted in the band's contract being torn up had it not been for the promising performance of the singlea 'Dream On,' considered by many to be the first ever power ballad. It's perhaps surprising for those of us raised with the image of Aerosmith as the elder statesmen of rock, the group which inadvertently spearheaded the rap-rock crossover craze and starred in Wayne's World 2, that their sound has evolved significantly over the years. As the main inspiration for a raft of '80s hard rock bands, it was only fitting that Aerosmith should churn out some of the most successful albums of the era, even if it meant updating their sound to fit in. So began a string of ballad-heavy albums with scene leaders Geffen Records, including Permanent Vacation, Pump and Get A Grip. The group's popularity dwindled with the onset of grunge (though they maintained far more credibility than most of their peers) and have continued to release successful recordings including 1997's Nine Lives, 2001's Just Push Play and most recently, 2004's blues covers album Honkin' On Bobo. « hide

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Music from Another Dimension
11/06/2012

2.5
105 Votes
Honkin' on Bobo
2004

2.8
133 Votes
Just Push Play
2001

2.5
219 Votes
Nine Lives
1997

3.1
210 Votes
Get a Grip
1993

3.3
301 Votes
Pump
1989

3.7
276 Votes
Permanent Vacation
1987

3.5
248 Votes
Done With Mirrors
1985

2.7
118 Votes
Rock in a Hard Place
1982

2.3
122 Votes
Night in the Ruts
1979

2.9
111 Votes
Draw the Line
1977

3.3
159 Votes
Rocks
1976

4.1
387 Votes
Toys in the Attic
1975

4.1
506 Votes
Get Your Wings
1974

3.9
243 Votes
Aerosmith
1973

3.7
294 Votes
Live Albums
Rockin' the Joint
2005

3.1
37 Votes
You Gotta Move
2004

3.7
5 Votes
A Little South of Sanity
1998

3.5
58 Votes
Classics Live II
1987

3.2
26 Votes
Classics Live
1986

2.6
27 Votes
Live! Bootleg
1978

3.6
49 Votes
Compilations
The Essential Aerosmith
2011

4.5
9 Votes
Tough Love: Best Of The Ballads
2011

3.2
6 Votes
20th Century Masters
2007

3.5
1 Votes
Devil's Got A New Disguise
2006

2.9
50 Votes
Gold
2005

3.8
15 Votes
Aerosmith's Greatest Hits 1973-1988
2004

3.3
10 Votes
O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits
2002

3.6
57 Votes
Classic Aerosmith
2002

3
2 Votes
Pandora's Toys
1995

3.7
15 Votes
Box of Fire
1994

3.4
20 Votes
Big Ones
1994

3.4
132 Votes
Pandora's Box
1991

4
18 Votes
Gems
1988

3.6
27 Votes
Greatest Hits
1980

3.6
121 Votes

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